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Social Security Cases We Handle

We represent claimants with a diverse array of impairments. We regularly obtain benefits for people with many of the conditions listed below.

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Back Injuries:

  • Spinal Nerve Root Compression
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Arachnoiditis
  • Scoliosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Disc
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

Rheumatological & Autoimmune Conditions:

Digestive Conditions:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Celiac Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Breathing Problem:

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • COPD
  • Cystic Fibrosis

Heart Problems:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Congenital Heart Disease

Mental Health Disorders:

Neurological Problems:

  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident)
  • Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Narcolepsy
  • Migraines
  • Peripheral Neuropathy


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Medical Conditions

Representative Cases

Gamble v. Chater 1995

We won the first decision granting Social Security benefits to an amputee who could not afford a new prosthesis.
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Stout v. Commissioner 2006

We won a decision for a social security claimant at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals establishing that a social security judge cannot ignore the testimony of claimant’s witnesses and that the government’s lawyers can’t make up new arguments on…
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Parkinson's Disease Claim

Our client, a 50-year-old woman with symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, was denied initially and at reconsideration. We won her case at hearing.
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Thanks & Praise


  • I cannot express my gratitude
    and appreciation for the meticulous effort and successful case you put together on my behalf.  This has been an extremely difficult time for me.  You have helped by giving me the support and guidance toward a positive result.  Thank you, Melissa!
    Mary, Portland
  • I can’t thank you enough, Melissa, for all you’ve done
    toward getting this positive outcome. Your patience, clarity, support, and friendly professionalism saw me through a very tough time. I’m grateful to have had you on my side.
    Debra, Portland
  • I’m sure things went as smooth
    as they did because of you being my lawyer. The man at the local SS office said that people have a lot of respect for you in the SS world. Thank you again so much.
    Pam, Salem, OR
  • Finding oneself applying for disability
    is an extremely difficult position to be in. I found myself at times very confused and overcome with emotion. However, from the first time I met her, Melissa treated me kindly, respectfully and all the while maintaining a very professional demeanor. I was never anything but 100 percent confident in her abilities to guide me through this difficult time. Now that this difficult endeavor has wound down, I am filled with a sense of renewed hope. Thanks to your wonderful team, I now feel that I have been given a ‘fresh start’ in life. Not a lot of folks are given that opportunity.
    Speaking of teamwork, my thank you would not be complete without mentioning your assistant, Erin Daniels. Erin was also very professional, very helpful and I never felt as if I was being talked down to. She deserves a great big thank you for her efforts also.
    I will always remain forever grateful to the great staff at Swanson, Thomas and Coon.
    Suzanne, NE Portland
  • Melissa,
    thank you so much for all of your hard work! I will forever be grateful for all that you did to help me prepare for the hearing, for being so kind, for always answering my calls and emails so quickly, and for always being so helpful! You really have no idea how much my husband and I appreciate you. Thanks again for everything,
    Rachael, Portland
  • Melissa is a trust worthy lawyer.
    We had a very hard case which had a low chance of winning, but we did win. Melissa is patient and honest. She takes the time to explain any information even it takes a couple of times to explain the same thing. I found Melissa to be very professional. This was the first time I have ever had to go before a judge and it was a little scary but Melissa helped us be calm. I believe Melissa knows what she is doing.
    Becky, Hillsboro
  • Dear Melissa,
    thanks very much for helping with my SSDI hearing. You were so kind and gracious as well as helpful to me. You restored my faith in lawyers. My lawyer for my car accident claim was rude and didn’t follow through as promised. You were exactly the opposite and made me feel respected and comfortable/relaxed. Thanks VERY much.
    Sue, Portland
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